A programme of art, culture and new infrastructure to reimagine the future of the UK’s biggest council housing estate
Becontree Broadcasting Station is an online community radio station serving the Becontree Estate and residents of Barking and Dagenham. We are an open and inclusive radio platform for the local community, offering free workshops, access to radio equipment, and an opportunity to develop your own radio show with no experience necessary.
We love music shows, talk shows, radio dramas, interview shows – so, if you have an idea for a radio program, or want to learn more about DJing and podcasts, or just interested in reaching the community and growing your brand, please contact our Artist-in-Residence Joe to get involved.
Becontree Broadcasting Station was established as part of the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion programme Listening to the City. Pavilion architect, Sumayya Vally, has placed fragments of the Pavilion at sites across London that influenced her design. The fragment that is sited in Barking and Dagenham will support the daily operations of the Becontree Broadcasting Station and create a place for the gathering and sharing of stories. The fragment was constructed to be used flexibly, as a single piece or divided into smaller elements. It honours the histories of places and people in the neighbourhood with its design and programming that engages with the communities in the surrounding area.
Our inaugural artist-in-residence was Joe Namy (UK/Lebanon/USA) an artist, educator, and composer, and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham's artist in Residence for 2021-22. Joe often works collaboratively and across mediums – in sound, performance, photography, text, video, and installation with projects that focus on the social constructs of music and organised sound, such as the pageantry and geo-politics of opera, the noise laws and gender dynamics of bass, the colours and tones of militarisation, the migration patterns of instruments and songs, and the complexities of translation in all this – from language to language, from score to sound, from drum to dance. In addition to the BBS residency Joe also hosts a monthly residency on Radio Alhara.